2050 Calculator Project (UK)

“The policy problem facing the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2009 was immense. The Climate Change Act had just brought in the world’s first legally-binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. The UK had to cut 80 percent of emissions by 2050, taking 1990 levels as a baseline.”

Here is an interesting DECC blog on their 2050 Calculator Project which is open to the public, that seeks to examine (and model) the different ways the UK would transition to the mandated low carbon economy.

The 2050 Calculator Project is here.

Work at Height Guidance for Small Operators (Britain)

Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for small companies and individuals. Information on this overhaul is here.

ACoPs and HSGs are unchanged.

The overhauled guidance comprises:

(1) Basic advice for those working at height – here.

(2) Common work at height myths – here.

(3) Information on the Do’s and Don’t’s – here.

National Electronic Duty of Care (edoc) Programme

My earlier post on the Red Tape Challenge is here.

This is the information published today by the Cabinet Office – http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/home/index/

It can be seen from the infographic, that paper waste transfer notes will no longer be needed.

In fact, Edoc is a 4 year programme to develop a national, internet-based system to monitor the collection, transportation and disposal of waste materials across the UK, co-financed by the EU LIFE+ programme, rolled out from January 2014.

Information on edoc is here.

Reminder – Health and Safety Poster Expiry (UK)

The 1999 poster or leaflet must be replaced with the 2009 poster or leaflet no later than 5 April 2014.

This is the new poster.

5th April 2014 is the final date of the 5 year transition period. Employers were still complying with the law if they displayed the 1999 poster after 6 April 2009. However, where employers have kept the old poster, there is a continuing duty, in the period up to April 2014, to keep the required additional written information up to date.

The additional information that employers have to provide in writing, either by inserting this in the appropriate boxes on the 1999 poster or by giving it to workers with the 1999 leaflet, is:

– the name and address of the enforcing authority; and
– the address of the office of HSE’s Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) for the premises concerned.

Subscribers to our paid-for Cardinal Email Alerts will be issued with an Email Alert nearer the time.

Proposals to Consolidate Petroleum Legislation (UK – GB)

The following are the existing GB Laws and ACoPs:

Statute Laws
– Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928
– The Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles, etc) Regulations 1929
– The Petroleum (Mixtures) Order 1929
– Petroleum (Transfer of Licenses) Act 1936
– The Petroleum (Liquid Methane) Order 1957
– The Petroleum (Regulation) Acts 1928 and 1936 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
– The Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 (Enforcement) Regulations 1979
– The Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982

ACOPs
– COP6 – Petroleum-Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982. Requirements for testing and marking or labelling
– L93 – Approved tank requirements. The provisions for bottom loading and vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol
– L133 – Unloading petrol from road tankers

The proposal is to repeal/revoke all existing GB petroleum legislation and consolidate and modernise those provisions that will be maintained into a single set of new petroleum regulations.

Consultation ends on 7th February 2014.

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